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Neutron stars and black holes can have discs of accreted matter for they have an extremely high gravitational pull. While white dwarfs don't have such high gravity theirs is of course also extremely strong. Can an accretion disc form around a white dwarf too?

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  • $\begingroup$ What do you mean by, "theirs is of course too extremely strong?" $\endgroup$
    – Bob516
    Feb 4 '20 at 13:58
  • $\begingroup$ Their high gravitational pull, what else? $\endgroup$
    – user30007
    Feb 4 '20 at 14:54
  • $\begingroup$ Use of the word "too" I think is problematic, it implies a comparison. I think "also" might be a better word than too. $\endgroup$
    – Bob516
    Feb 4 '20 at 15:33
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, hope it's better English now. Thank you for coming up with my weird English. $\endgroup$
    – user30007
    Feb 4 '20 at 16:51
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    $\begingroup$ Did you try googling for "white dwarf accretion disk"? That would get you plenty of information about accretion disks around white dwarfs. $\endgroup$ Feb 4 '20 at 17:02
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Yes. They are called cataclysmic variables.

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